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of it for you including tonight's main attraction, the former president bill clinton. we're also learning new details about what he will say. plus, a sudden change of plans. how organizers here in charlotte expect to deal with thousands of people now left out of the convention's last night. i'm wolf blitzer in charlotte. and you're in "the situation room." >>> their lives have been intertwined for years. not always necessarily on the friendliest terms, but when former president bill clinton takes the stage here tonight, he's certain to make a strong case for a second term for president obama. cnn's dana bash is learning details about what the former president has to say in his convention speech later tonight. dana, what are you picking up? >> well, i've talked to several officials who are familiar with what president clinton is going to talk about skematically. the whole idea, the whole reason why the obama campaign asked him to come here and to speak from that podium is because they want him to explain the economics behind his own administration and the parallels between that and what the ob
president bill clinton will enter the arena right across that stage and try to give his patented rocket fuel. >> and president obama will be watching from this arena tonight. likely to come out on stage. what a journey for these two men. they come from different generations, different political worlds. they have built it up step-by-step. he's starring now in campaign ads. and diane, one of the building blocks is when president obama wanted to make hillary clinton secretary of state, bill clinton became the chief persuader. >> they've been good friends for a long time but it's definitely a candid and open relationship. if you're wondering about the president's former adversary, hillary clinton, she's in east te temor. secretary of states are exempt from political events. >> down on the floor, we've got jake tapper, cokie roberts, george will, donna brazile. jake, let me begin with you the problem wasn't just the personal relationship between bill clinton and barack obama. the relationship between hillary clinton and barack obama took a toll up and down. >> a lot of tough feelings on the obama
wanted to make hillary clinton secretary of state, bill clinton became the chief persuader. >> they've been good friends for a long time but it's definitely a candid and open relationship. if you're wondering about the president's former adversary, hillary clinton, she's in east te temor. secretary of states are exempt from political events. >> down on the floor, we've got jake tapper, cokie roberts, george will, donna brazile. jake, let me begin with you the problem wasn't just the personal relationship between bill clinton and barack obama. the relationship between hillary clinton and barack obama took a toll up and down. >> a lot of tough feelings on the obama side, a lot of tough feelings on the clinton side. i think hillary clinton and barack obama buried the hatchet a long time before bill clinton and barack obama did. that was a hard-fought race. and this is still quite a psycho drama between the two men. politics, politicos and reporters picking over every sign of any sort of a crack in their solid relationship, that they'd like to portray. but right tonight, we're expecting
president bill clinton's keynote address, coming up in just a moment. law student and obama supporter, sandra fluke will take to the stage. but that is being overshadowed by a bombshell reversal of the dnc platform as the party has re-inserted references to god and jerusalem. you may recall that earlier, delegates approved a platform that blatantly admitted such words. but fox news has confirmed that the president personally interceded to halt the proceedings and have the language reinstated. however, that task was far from easy because when the convention chair held a voice vote to authorize the amendment, he couldn't win over the two-thirds majority that he needed. watch this. >> all those delegates in favor, say aye. all those delegates opposed, say no. in the opinion of the -- let me do that again... all of those delegates... in favor say aye. [yelling aye]. >> all those delegates opposed say no. [delegates yelling no] [grumbling from crowd]. >> i... i guess... >> you gotta let them do what they are going to do. >>il do that one more time. all those delegates in favor, say aye. [y
's nomination in a few hours. provided bill clinton is done using the microphone. in fact, he may still be speaking. it's thursday, september 6th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, the man who helped bring the word game change into common parlance. msnbc political analyst and national affairs editor for "new york" magazine john heilman. "world news america's" patty kay. msnbc contributor, sam stein of the "huffington post" and mark leibovich making his debut from "the new york times" magazine. >> warming up. >> how do you give a 48 minute deeply wonky highly technical policy address that also happens to be must-see tv right down to the last second? the answer, america, is bill clinton. the romney campaign believes it will win if they make this campaign about the economy and the former president took that as a challenge. he made a passionate pitch for what president obama has done to save the economy. >> here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern more well-balanced
bill clinton will make the case for obama's second term. last night first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned personal tribute to her husband. >> a show of sisterhood from democrats. the unmistakable message, we are the party of women, whose votes will outnumber men. give the woman who calls herself america's mum in chief. >> i can honestly say when it comes to his character and convictions and heart, barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with him, because for him success is not about how much money you make. it is about the difference you make in people's lives. >> of the white house he was watching with the couple's daughters. >> democrats are seeing michelle obama as a thoroughly modern woman who has had a career success and raise a family, someone who understands the struggles of the middle class because that is where she comes from. >> the same cannot be said for the romney's family. he is worth $200 million and once joked that his wife owns a couple of cadillacs. ann romney brings her own star power. a survivor of breast cancer, she offers a more traditional a
top bill clinton's 48 minutes last night? god knows he'll try. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> romo flushed out of the pocket, throwing on the run, wide opening making the catch. >> that's the america that we could be. but that's not the america that we should be and it's not who we are. >> here goes bradshaw and a good time for the running game to kick into gear. >> no governor romney, corporations are not people. >> short drop by romo. to the outside he goes. and it is miles austin for the touchdown. >>. ♪ yesterday's gone yesterday's gone ♪ ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ >> president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. >> welcome to "morning joe" live from the democratic national convention. we make the blackfinn salon our home here for the entire week in charlotte, north carolina. >> boy, that's a line, isn't it? >> >> yeah, it is. with us on set here at the bar, we have msnb
think about the partisan wars of the '90s, the fact that bill clinton is now the democratic party's best person to talk to independent voters, it just shows you that, you know, everything -- everything can come around and become new again. it is amazing when you think back of what '97 to '99 was like in american politics. as polarized, frankly, as we are today, and it's that president that is now the guy that can probably speak better to independent voters than any national leader in any party. >> that's right, and on the point ed was making talking about democracy not being a blood sport, that was a riff when president obama talked about the partnership between hillary clinton and barack obama, showing that democracy does not have to be a blood sport, it can be an honorable enterprise, taking hillary's supporters into the cabinet, picking hillary herself, talking about even within the democratic party, there being a sort of bridge of respectful willingness to work together. that was the way he broadened it out from talking about working with republicans. >> reporter: think about who cou
:here comes the question you've bean asked more than once: so you've known bill clinton for a while barack owe bam march for a while euch' been work, up close with both of them. how are they different? >> first you start with the personalities. president obama is a someone who as president clinton described last night, there's a little less drama around him. >> charlie:passion on the middle. >> exactly. that's real. it is real. and people come to this business of politics and governing from different histories and bill clinton's was somebody who vesm was a street retail politician who over many years one ngs les. >> charlie:ap progressive conservative -- >> progressive in a conservative state. i understand the moderation. you couldn't be too progressive and get re-elected. he was forced to be in the middle many ways. president obama and i really believe this when i came into office after the republicans took control of the house that there was a real opportunity there to do -- i saw with clinton and gingrich, nafta, host of things with president clinton and gingrich. i thought this was an
they are bringing in their heavy hitter, bill clinton, the first and last democratic president since fdr to be elected to two full terms. >> mr. clinton will put barack obama's name in nomination with his speech tonight. the first time one president has done that for another. maybe that will take the democrats minds off the rain on their parade. this was to be the scene of president obama's acceptance speech tomorrow, the home of the carolina panthers, they were, there were going to be 65,000 people and fireworks, but now the forecast is for thunderstorms and the event is being moved back here to this much smaller arena. >> the president arrived in charlotte this afternoon but his trip from washington was delayed by, what else? the weather. he is expected to make a brief appearance here in the arena tonight. a little bit earlier we saw a picture of the president's wife, the first lady, michelle obama taking in the speeches here, she brought the house down with her own speech last night. once again tonight, bob schieffer is with me here in the anchor booth and our campaign 2012 team is d
. to reelect the president. >> in charlotte tonight, bill clinton nominates barack obama to serve a second term, appealing to voters who still think it's all about the economy. >> i hope i bring some credibility on what the most effective way to create jobs and bring america back is. >> these two democrats have been at odds in the past. but they're united in the battle to hold on to the white house. >> you're in good hands. >> look for clinton to fire up supporters tonight as he has before. but is there a risk he'll upstage the president? >> sit down! >> now, cnn turns the spotlight on one of the biggest platforms in american politics. this is the democratic national convention. this is the night delegates have their say. >> join with me, we will elect barack obama president of the united states of america. >> this is america's choice. >>> we'd like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world to this, the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. everyone here is waiting to hear what bill clinton will say about president obama tonight as well as his own t
tonight, former president bill clinton. the crowd will also hear from elizabeth warren running for the senate in massachusetts. the speakers have been passionate at this convention. throwing punch after punch at republicans and aggressively affirming the strength of the president's record. and it's been great to see. they talked about the auto bailout. >> the american auto industry is not just surviving. it's thriving. where mitt romney was willing to turn his back on akron, dayton, and toledo, ohio, the president said i've got your back. >> the president's record on women's issues. >> being a mother is no longer a liability. and being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. now, that's what change looks like. >> and we've heard the most sustained defense of the obama health care law and what it means to this country. >> this is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single american in every corner of this country after 90 years of trying. >> last night the first lady electrified the crowd reminding voters that president obama is on t
obama make the case to the swing voters tonight? with the distinguished panelists, bill clinton laid out the case and it is up to the president to be persuaded that he deserves four more years. last night it was clinton who forcibly defended his record and nominated him for another term. >> i want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside. [ applause ] >> but who burns for america on the inside. [ applause [ applause ] >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this, we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all of the damage that he found in just four years. [ applause ] now, but -- he has, he has laid the foundations for a new modern successful economy. a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. preside
of the economic good times, the good times bill clinton brings with him. the brimming with life even when others are down, democratic's party number one star. yes, the once and future king because unlike elvis, he really could come back. his wife, secretary of state hillary clinton, really could be the next president. and the big dog might just be back in his bed upstairs at the white house. so tonight the big dog will give a big sell but also let's be honest and even bigger teas, democrats, get ready to rock. bubba is back in town! the big dog is going to bark. elvis is about to be spotted for real right here on this stage in charlotte, north carolina. dee dee myers served at press secretary in the clinton white house. steve schmidt 'twas senior start jest for the failed mccain/palin campaign in at that time. not because of him. he's also msnbc political analyst. bill clinton's already been out there talking tonight. we have a clip from "the nightly news." let's watch bill clinton this evening. we don't have it yet. even though as advertised we were going to have it. >> i was honored when he as
clinton's already been out there talking tonight. we have a clip from "the nightly news." let's watch bill clinton this evening. we don't have it yet. even though as advertised we were going to have it. >> i was honored when he asked me to nominate him. i hope what i can do, because we did have a good economy, because we did have a long expansion on history, is explain why i think his approach is right and it will pay off if we renew his contract. and explain why the economy he faced was much weaker and different than the one i faced. so that there is no way any president, no president, could have restored it to full health in just four years. >> you know, i love it when bill clinton, former president, your boss, puts those big hands out there, those big hands and he starts to explain. tonight is he going to explain the economic situation we face today and how obama is going to get us out of it? >> he is. that's what he said in that clip we just saw. i mean, one of the -- thing that bill clinton, i think, brings to this above all else, for 20 years he has been out there talking with the mi
better weather in charleston. their issues around that. bill clinton is one of the headliners. few people can excite the crowd as much as bill clinton. he will be a big part of the focus this evening. >> it looked like new york city at christmas time, teeming with people. except they are hot and sweaty. most of them are democrats. there will be chanting, her four more years. a couple of topics out there tonight. michele obama's performance and what bill clinton will say tonight. >> free enterprise on the streets. danny davis has represented president obama's home town. >> i've not seen the impact of a speech since 1984 when jesse jackson, the rev. jesse jackson gave his speech at the convention. >> all eyes will be on for president bill clinton. would you have thought that he would be speaking at this convention after the dustup with hillary and the president? >> bill clinton and barack obama share the same vision. there were competitors four years ago but they share the same vision. bill clinton is one of our keynote speakers. where was george w. bush a week ago? >> what happens w
, speaking of joe biden, he is no bill clinton, but they do have a similar style in a way. they both sort of prefer ad libbing to the teleprompter. john heilman said, in a business full of blow dried atom tons, he, biden, is a vivid, authentic human being. i was wondering, what do you think we can expect from joe biden tonight? >> interestingly enough, the fact joe biden is speaking in the 9:00 p.m. hour is fascinating. usually vice presidents get their own primetime address. the obama campaign saw fit to put him in the 9:00 p.m. what's his best strength for president obama? it's connecting to white, working class voters. you often hear the story from joe biden. just a kid from scranton, p.a., trying to make it in the tough, tough world. that's the message he'll resonate on the president's policies toward the folks not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. it will be interesting to see how he does that tonight, how fiery the rhetoric can be. it has been fiery in the past. most interestingly enough, with joe biden, the most important thing he can do for president obama is not have a gap
and god bless america! [ cheering and applause ] >> woodruff: president bill clinton 48 1/2 minutes of big speech. 22nd president of the united states putting in to nomination and i think he -- here comes president obama. you can tell from the reaction -- nobody sitting down. >> ifill: what president clinton did he went down the list and took all out the main republican indictments of president obama and explained them in a way frankly we haven't heard from many others. >> woodruff: bill clinton back to give somebody else a hug. and two of them are just greet knowledge everybody they know. and have a little heart to heart because bill clinton is making a very specific point. he had a case he wanted to make, he did it in a conversational way, talked about arithmetic and the budget. talking about welfare reform how unhappy he is about the republicans take on that. then pivoted to the choice that he says americans have to make. >> it was effective speech as always too long but effective. for a number of reasons, one, framing. as you said really good at crystallizing you're on your ow
, bill clinton. center stage, what we've learned about what he'll say. and michelle obama, the speech, was she taking aim. and tonight, what's happening now with that dress. >>> touchdown, tornadoes striking in an unlikely place. and tonight, abc's weatheret tour sam champion with more extreme weather on the way. >>> the moments after strapping police unstrap the bomb to help her. robbers forced her to make the heist. >>> and the price is right. if you've ever bought something on line, the new report says if you wait just one minute before you place the order, you could save up to $100. >>> and good evening, from charlotte tonight. a big night ahead here at the democratic national convention. and we should note that diane has just arrived back from mississippi. she was there today with our friend robin roberts for robin's mother's funeral. all of our hearts in mississippi today. diane will be here a little later in the broadcast. but we do begin tonight with the major headlines right here in charlotte tonight. where today we learned a sudden change of plans. in fact, look at this, the
passion and he speaks in a folksy manner that is something president obama fails to do. bill clinton's record as governor and president is making connection on the substance of an kmin argument powerful. >> we've spent both of these conventions talking about how the candidates needed to be humanized by their spouses or whatever. look at bill clinton. he's somebody who talks about policy from his heart. and that is something he lived and he lived it when he was president. agree or disagree, this is a man who loves the journey of ideas, loves thinking about it, loves talking about it and nobody else can drill down on the substance and tell a story. >> and loves the politics. i was struck by -- >> of course. >> by how different four years ago, this was a man campaigning vigorously for his wife, saying some very tough things about then candidate obama, not making the obama campaign happy, four years later he's playing a critical role for the obama re-election. >> look at the party tonight. it's a party that's more energetic, a party that is diverse. a party that is going to work overtime
> >>> back to the future, it's bill clinton's night at the democratic convention. we have a pretty good idea of what 42 wants to do for 44 tonight. >>> democrats in the hall went wild for the first lady, mayor castro and others -- a surprise. abortion, outside the hall, protesters took to the streets of charlotte in between rainstorms. >> this is the daily rundown. a lot to cover this hour, including president obama's first hour. and senators durbin and bennett. >> let's get to the first reads of the morning. day two will be a little bit of a split screen showdown, as former president bill clinton versus the nfl. when bill clinton places the nomination, don't underestimate the big dog, clinton has had to compete for the nation's attention before. don't forget the infamous 1997 state of the union address on a split screen with the o.j. simpson verdict. anyone who wants to rise to the occasion and compete against something, bill clinton will likely be -- also on the program, massachusetts senate candidate elizabeth warren, planned parenthood's cecile richards. one more point about bi
. thank you. >> the show stopper, bill clinton, political maestro brings the democrats to their feet. >> and tonight, the man himself, president obama makes his case to be the next two-term democrat. the acceptance speech moved indoors and it might get a little loud. good morning to you. welcome to "early start," we're happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> i'm john berman, live at the cnn grill in charlotte, north carolina for the democratic national convention. zoraida, this was a tour deforce last night, bill clinton, big dog, showing he might be out of office but not out of tricks. he was part accomplish, part preacher, part lawyer with a comprehensive and exhaustive defense of president obama's record and on offense, making the case for four more years. this was all the more remarkable. remember, their relationship is complicated to say the least. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, this was long, 45 points. you got the sense of the people in the audience would have taken even more. >> 48 minutes and 30 seconds by the producers of this program's count. he wen
nomination speech by the former president, bill clinton. >> he answered the attacks last week made in tampa, and plenty of attacks of his own. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president's re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this, we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. now, but they did it well, they looked good, they sounded good. they convinced me that they all love their families and their children, and were grateful they had been born in america. really, i'm not -- they did. and this is important. they convinced me they were honorable people who believed what they said. we just have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are. because in order to look like an acceptable reasonable moderate alternative to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they offered over the last two years. they couldn't. because they want to go back to the same old policies that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut taxes for high income am
equality are for all of us all of the time. >> bill clinton will be here tonight to place president obama's name and nomination for a second term. >> bill clinton carries a lot of weight in this country. and this day in the game, we need all the help we can get. >> focus on the economy. >> i think that the person people, when it comes to the economy, have faith in bill clinton. i think his approach and policies are similar to president obama's. >> first lady michelle obama is also working to motivate the base, speaking with key groups, including the african american and hispanic caucuses. >> randall pinkston, charlotte. >> that venue change could be thousands of people disappointed. folks who volunteer for his campaign was given passes to the speech and now being asked to take home and take part in a phone conference. coming up, virginia congress member, gerry connolly will join us live from the convention to give us his take, including in his competitive state of virginia. democrats as you just heard are obviously worked up and l excited about bill clinton's big speech tonight, but
. bill clinton scheduled to speak to the party convention in charlotte. my friend piers morgan with me now from the cnn grill near that convention site. piers, i promise we're going to talk bill clinton in a moment but the news of the day here broke this morning. the dnc changing up the venue, breaking down the big thursday night at the bank of america/ n america/panth america/panther's stadium. the democrats say it's thewet ere. on the flip side they say they couldn't fill this out door stadium with the democrats. piers morgan, what's the truth? >> i think the republicans would claim it was sunny when it was raining sump as the nature of convention rhetoric. i've been in charlotte all week and the weather has been big storms and a lot of heavy rainfall. i think the idea of having an out door stadium on thursday given the way the forecast is looking was completely ridiculous. they made the right decision. i think anyone who reads into the idea that barack obama still couldn't sell out a stadium is living in cloud cookoo land. i think they would have had a full crowd. it's raining so h
do you have for us? >>> all right, jimmy. what is bill clinton going to say tonight? will the world be watching? good evening. i'm larry kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." the top story this evening, just a couple of hours president bill clinton will grit his teeth and address the democratic national convention. a preview of what to say in the nominating speech of president obama in an interview that aired minutes ago on nbc. take a listen. >> we did have a good economy because we did have a lot of expansion. his approach is right and it will pay off if we renew his contract. explain why the economy he faced was much weaker and different than the one i faced so there is no way any president -- no president -- could have restored it to full health in just four years. >> all right. of course that's bill clinton talking about his favorite subject -- himself and his good economy. i'm okay with it, by the way. he did have a good economy. if he's going to blame bush and republicans for the financial melt down and housing crack up we ought to come clean with pressuring fannie mae and fre
night of the democratic convention. but it mostly boils down to this -- top bill. bill clinton. or at least live up to the set-up that was delivered in vintage bill clinton fashion on actually a night that typically belongs to the running mate. but do not fret for mr. joe biden. he, too, will be on the marquee for tonight. and watching it tonight is cnn's dana bash. dana, you just don't sleep. i see you working until 2:00 in the morning and up again at 5:00 a.m. for the morning shows. so many people say these speeches mean everything. some people say they mean nothing. others say, it's just all about the undecided voters on the other side of the tv lens. >> reporter: you know what, i honestly think the answer is somewhere in the middle of all that. when you talk about undecided voters, the problem both parties have is that pool is very, very, very small which is why i think in both conventions, you're seeing a real -- you have seen a real attempt to galvanize in base. but in terms of what bill clinton did was both. he talked a lot about the idea that you can work across party l
and a spirited defense of the first obama term. and if you want to go back to one of bill clinton's most famous lines era of big government is over this, was sort of a second version of that. it could be the era of fake government was over, just kidding. it's not. it's a defense of big government and aggressive liberalism. waits defensive speech. he went back and answered challenges made by paul ryan, and by others in tampa last week. and it wasn't very forward looking. if you look at what president clinton said about barack obama's plans on the debt, just take one example saying he cuts debt and brightens future for our children. i don't know how this will play, clearly people here liked this speech. it was long and detailed and felt rambling to me. and i trust brit's instincts on this, he covered bill clinton so long and knows what will sell. i think people might have turned off a channel because it was so long, so wonky. >> one of the parts that was the most notable, brit was the part he looks at everyone and said no president could have gotten this economy turned around in three and a half
the job done. >> i'm told what bill clinton will say tonight is essentially i'm told it's a very active, very forceful defense of what president obama has done over the last four years. and it will be as well a comparison between the romney agenda and what president obama wants to do. >> bill clinton, he can energize a lot of the moderate democrats, a lot of the independents. he's still very popular out there. >> oh, absolutely. it's not just about the liberal wing asloria rightly mentions. it's also about what swing voters there are left, what moderates there are. it's really about the folks who think that barack obama didn't do enough and the folks who think that he did too much. once this is a man with appeal to both of those. >> he's going to say give him time to get the job done. >> they're about to begin. this second day of the democratic national convention. you see the lights going down. let's get a little flavor. let's listen in. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the chair of the 2012 democratic national convention, los angeles mayor antonio. >> the second sess
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